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I have a SEARS SENSOR SEW 70. PROBLEM-IT WILL ONLY GO IN REVERSE. HOW CAN I FIX THIS? I HAVE OILED AND CLEANED. IT HAS NOT BEEN USED IN MANY MANY YEARS. BUT WAS STORED IN A CASE. THE MODEL IS 19501 JILL

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  • jillmarie907 Apr 25, 2010

    Sorry I have tried that with no change. It is still going in reverse Jill

  • jillmarie907 Apr 25, 2010

    Okay- I did find a needle in the machine last week when i cleaned it. The bar that you mentioned --is this the one that moves the wheel?? Is timing the machine difficult? How would I do this?? I hope I am not in over my head. Thank you Jill

  • jillmarie907 Apr 25, 2010

    Okay I finally have the bottom off. Located the rod. Could you tell me how to loosen it?? Sorry to be such a pain. Jill

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Hi,
Thanks for using Fixya.
I suspect a control board might have failed in your sewing machine, due to which it is going in reverse mode. This repair should be done by a technician.
I recommend you take the sewing machine to a Sears Parts and Service Center or a Sears Retail Store for repair.
Good Luck and have a nice day.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

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Hello,kindly push the reverse botton and it will start to sew forward...
Be sure you are in the correct stitch pattern...if you are on a buttonhole stitch or a stretch stitch it normal for the machine to sew backwards. Be sure your length is to the right of 0 and not in a strtch stitch model or buttonhole mode.
thank you for using fixya,you are highly appreciated...

take care.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

  • Hammid Disu Apr 25, 2010

    HELLO,KINDLY CHECK IF you will find the piece of a broken needle underneath the metal plate where the needle
    goes down to sew.If this is removed, it will sew both forward and backward.
    OR









    Open the bottom of the machine. There is a rod running from one end to
    the other. It needs to be loosened and turned 180 degrees. You may have
    to re-time the machine when you are done

    TAKE CARE.



  • Hammid Disu Apr 25, 2010

    hello,kindly visit your user guide it is stated there on how to re-time your machine...

    take care.


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